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Elton John, Billy Joel 'Devastated' By Death Of Detroit-Born Bassist Bob Birch

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DETROITNEWS.COM - Michigan native Bob Birch, who had a long and distinguished career as a bass guitarist in several bands but most notably for Elton John, died Wednesday.

He was 56.

TMZ.com first reported the death, saying Birch died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound near his home in Los Angeles. Billboard.com confirmed that report.

Birch boasted a long list of musical credits, but he was best-known as the bassist and backup vocalist for John's band. With his signature long hair, small-rounded sunglasses and toothy smile, he was one constant on stage with John, having toured with the piano legend since 1992. click here to read more

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